A.D. COOK

A Reflection of Dreams and Memories

A lifetime is a long time to love something, some might say. I believe that if you love something enough, it’ll last forever.

My love for art and drawing and painting started when I was very young. Decades later I am still learning, and still in love.

This online portfolio brings together my Hollywood Video Murals, Abstract Artworks, Art Nudes, Motorcycle Paintingsand Other Works created from 1990 to current.

Each artwork has a story to tell. Some start as a dream, and others are born from a memory. Either way, each is special in its own way.

I hope that my reflection of dreams and memories, expressed through my art, inspires you.

A.D. Cook

Please note that about half of the artworks on this website are figurative art nudes. If you prefer to not see those, please choose “VIEW SOME ARTWORKS” above or select a specific art category link below.

Hold The Line painting by Beti Kristof and A.D. Cook, 2020
NEW PAINTING ~ HOLD THE LINE by Beti Kristof and A.D. Cook

A Collaborative Tribute to America's Doctors, Nurses, and Caregivers

INDIAN SUMMER motorcycle painting by A.D. Cook, 2000

Paintings and Other Works

All works on this website were created by hand with traditional media and tools;
pencils, airbrushes, and assorted power tools; with paint, clay, and mixed media.

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

My Story

I feel blessed in discovering my passion for art at an early age. I always knew that someday I would be designing billboard size artworks. There was hardly a moment when I wasn’t drawing. Later, I learned to paint with a variety of mediums and honed my skills with pencils, brushes, and airbrushes to create epic artworks.

Art is a never-ending journey. I’m honored to share my dreams and memories with you here.

[ my story, continued ]

Luster Exhibition

The birth of the modern car occurred in Germany over 150 years ago. The first internal combustion, a petroleum-fueled motorcycle came out of Germany 25 years later. In the United States, the Henry Ford Company was established in 1901. A year later it morphed into Cadillac Motor Company which Ford left, along with the rights to his name. A new Ford Motor Company emerged in 1903 in Detroit with backing from a dozen investors, including the Dodge brothers. The same year, 1903, Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its chief rival was the Indian Motorcycle Co. which had already emerged two years earlier, in 1901, from a bicycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts. Much has changed since those early automotive years, but perhaps nothing more so than styling in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which expressed itself artistically and culturally in so many ways.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have not only been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways, but also in the film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photo-realism in the 1960s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in the iconography of American art.

David J Wagner, museum curator

2018 through 2022

LUSTER: REALISM AND HYPERREALISM IN CONTEMPORARY AUTOMOBILE AND MOTORCYCLE PAINTINGS

Featuring:
AMERICA  |  DREAM 103  |  INDIAN SUMMER

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